Anybody who’s ever had the pleasure of programming FPGAs is aware of that it’s a land of proprietary instruments that nearly require marriage stage dedication to a particular platform to be efficient. Symbiflow hopes to unravel this by turning into the GCC of FPGAs.
Quite than a software constructed round a particular chip or structure, Symbiflow will present a extra common interface. Customers can program in Verilog; structure definitions outline how the code might be compiled for the proper chip. They’re presently focusing on the favored Xilinx 7-series, the very reasonably priced iCE40 sequence from lattice, and the ECP5 FPGAs additionally from Lattice.
In the event you’re headed to Hackaday Supercon this 12 months, [Timothy Ansell] might be giving a chat on how Symbiflow is making this course of far more approachable and far much less proprietary. General we’re very excited a couple of widespread interface, particularly as the worth of FPGAs maintain dropping into micro controller territory whereas additionally rising in functionality.
(Talking of Supercon, and perhaps this can be a spoiler, the badge wouldn’t have been potential with out Symbiflow, Mission Trellis, Yosys, and NextPNR.)